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Caribbean Carnival

Caribbean Carnival is the term used for a number of events that take place in many of the Caribbean islands annually.

The Caribbean's carnivals all have several common themes, many originating from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, based on folklore, culture, religion,and tradition (thus relating to the European use of the word, not amusement rides, as the word "carnival" is often used to mean in American English). Carnival tradition is based on a number of disciplines including: "Playing Mas"/masquerade; calypso music and crowning a Calypso King or Monarch; Panorama (steel band competition); J'ouvert morning; and a number of other traditions.


  • Local Caribbean carnivals 1
  • International Caribbean carnivals 2
    • Canada 2.1
    • France 2.2
    • Germany 2.3
    • The Netherlands 2.4
    • United Kingdom 2.5
    • United States 2.6
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Local Caribbean carnivals

Approximate dates are given for the concluding festivities. Carnival season may last for over a month prior to the concluding festivities, and the exact dates vary from year to year.

International Caribbean carnivals


Carifest Parade in Calgary
  • "Caribe-Expo" – In the city of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.
  • "Carifiesta" – In the city of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, typically 2–3 weeks before Toronto's Caribana.
  • "Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto" – In Toronto, Ontario, it draws close to a million visitors to the city. Formerly "Caribana", it is known as the best Caribbean carnival outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • "Carnival"(cancelled)  – In the city of Hamilton, 1 week after Toronto's Caribana.
  • "Carifest" – In the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.
  • "Cariwest" – Held annually the second week of August in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Cariwest boasts an amazing display of masqueraders in the main parade, and is a beautiful festival full of food and entertainment in the heart of downtown.
  • Barrie's Caribfest[41] (parade has been cancelled since 2011) is Canada’s second largest Caribbean festival. It is held on the shores of Lake Simcoe in the beautiful city of Barrie. However, the activities extend throughout downtown Barrie as the costume bands wind through downtown streets, along Lakeshore Drive to Centennial Park, the location of the main stage. This dynamic, exciting event features some of the best Canadian and international Caribbean performers in music, dance, costumes, and world drumming.

A unique attraction distinguishing this Caribbean event is its location. This dynamic, exciting event features some of the best Canadian and international Caribbean performers in music, dance, costumes, and world drumming. Events are held from Friday to Sunday throughout every third weekend of August. The Grand Parade in Toronto is held on the first Saturday of August to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade on August 1st, 1838.


2014 Tropical Carnival of Paris
  • Carnaval Antillais de Colombes – every year late June.
  • Carnaval Tropical de Paris – every year early July.
  • Carnaval of French West Indies, about two months between the Sunday of Epiphany and Ash Wednesday[42]


  • Berlin – Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures),[43] every year in May (Whitsuntide weekend)

The Netherlands

  • Rotterdam – "Summer Carnival" Zomercarnaval: occurs every year in July. Each year there are more than 800.000 visitors.[44]

United Kingdom

United States

  • New Orleans, LA – in November, the bayou Bacchanal[50] is held on the first Saturday in downtown and Armstrong Park.
  • New York, NY – Labor Day Carnival – held in Brooklyn, along Eastern Parkway, with over 2.3 million visitors annually
  • Orlando, FL – usually held the last weekend in May, which is typically Memorial Day weekend. Most recently been held at the Citrus Bowl.
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC CaribMask [51] usually held on the third Saturday in August.
  • San Francisco, CA – [52] Carnaval San Francisco – last weekend in May, usually falls on Memorial Day weekend
  • Seattle, WA – Pioneer Square, annual Fat Tuesday celebration.
  • Tacoma, WA – PLU campus Carnival, near Fat Tuesday
  • Tampa, FL – usually held the beginning of June in St. Petersburg, FL (Greater Tampa Bay Area) at Vinoy Park. Recently moved for 2011 to Raymond James Stadium.
  • Norfolk, VA – Virginia CaribFest,[53](2nd weekend in July)
  • Washington D.C. – DC Caribbean Festival,[54] usually between June 16–24 every year.
  • Worcester, MA  – Worcester Caribbean American Carnival,[55] The day after Boston, MA Carnival.
  • Charleston Carifest, Charleston, SC – third weekend in June (a week before DC Caribbean Festival).

See also


  1. ^ Anguilla Summer Festival
  2. ^ Antigua Carnival facebook page
  3. ^ Barbuda Caribana facebook page
  4. ^ Visit Aruba: Aruba Carnival
  5. ^ The Bahamas Tourist Office: Junkanoo
  6. ^ Barbados Crop Over Calendar
  7. ^ Belize Carnival
  8. ^ Tourism Bonaire: Carnival on Bonaire
  9. ^ "BVI August Festival". Bareboats BVI. Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ BVI Tourism: Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Celebrations
  11. ^ Cayman Carnival Batabano
  12. ^ Cuban Adventures: Carnival in Santiago de Cuba
  13. ^ Cuba Absolutely: The Havana Carnival
  14. ^ Curacao Carnival Info: Schedule
  15. ^ Dominica Carnival
  16. ^ Dominican Republic Carnival / Carnaval
  17. ^ Party Grenada: Carriacou Carnival
  18. ^ Spicemas
  19. ^ Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board: Carnaval
  20. ^ Guyana Government Information Agency: Mashramani
  21. ^ Haiti Travels: Carnival
  22. ^ Bacchanal Jamaica
  23. ^ Martinique Carnival
  24. ^ Montserrat Tourist Board: Our Carnival
  25. ^ Smithsonian: A Puerto Rican Carnival
  26. ^ Saba Carnival facebook page
  27. ^ Hello St-Barts Carnival
  28. ^ Lucian Carnival Events
  29. ^ St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival
  30. ^ Nevis Culturama
  31. ^ Saint-Martin Carnival Committee
  32. ^ St Vincent and the Grenadines Carnival
  33. ^ St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation: Carnival
  34. ^ St. Maarten Carnival facebook page
  35. ^ National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Dates
  36. ^ Go Trinidad and Tobago: Tobago Carnival
  37. ^ TCI Mall: Junkanoo
  38. ^ St Croix Festival
  39. ^ VInow: Virgin Islands Carnival Celebrations
  40. ^ VI Carnival facebook page
  41. ^ Welcome to the Barrie Caribbean Festival
  42. ^ Guadeloupe-guide: Events in Guadeloupe
  43. ^ Karneval der Kulturen
  44. ^ Summer Carnival,
  45. ^ St Pauls Carnival
  46. ^ Preston Caribbean Carnival
  47. ^ Atlanta Carnival
  48. ^ BCA Carnival
  50. ^ Bayou Bacchanal
  51. ^
  52. ^ Carnaval San Francisco Parade
  53. ^ Virginia Caribfest
  54. ^ DC Caribbean Festival
  55. ^ [Worcester Caribbean American Carnival]

External links

  • Barrie Carnival
  • Caribbean Carnivals database
  • Carnival Info
  • Information about Moko Jumbies and a USA band
  • Miami Carnival's Official Site
  • Broward County In South Florida's Carnival Site
  • Caribbean Carnaval Official Site
  • Carnaval Tropical de Paris
  • Caribbean Choice Carnival Connection
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